Submissions:2019/How articles start

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Due to limited space, WikiConference North America 2019 unfortunately could not accommodate this submission in its program this year.
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How articles start


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It is only practical to improve the quality and maintain the currency of our millions of articles if they are reasonably acceptable at the start. For the last 12 years, my principal activity on Wikipedia has been the various processes of screening new articles. I will describe and illustrate not just what it is supposed to be, but how it actually works. I'm going to give some indication of how it has evolved, some illustrations of the process in action, and an indication of what I look for when I do it. I'll emphasise our most recently added process, Articles for Creation.

1. Userspace drafts 2. Articles for Creation / Draftspace 3. New pages patrol 4. Speedy Deletion and other deletion processes.

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Author name:

David Goodman

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60 min

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If your submission is not accepted, would you be open to presenting your topic in another part of the program? (e.g. lightning talk or unconference session)